Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Friday, 23 November 2007

Absolutely.  Teach the Bible as "history" and "literature" in public school!


I actually feel that if you do that, the kids should be required to read it cover-to-cover.  None of this picking-and-chooseing, no "interpreting" it (in other words, taking this verse or that verse out of context and giving it an interpretation that is acceptable in the modern world....leave those suckers in context so the kids can REALLY understand EXACTLY what those verses entail), No spotty and selective use of parts of various versions and translations air-brushed together like a composite super-model...just the most attractive parts of each one with the problematic portions of some versions being superceded by more convenient ones from others.

Kids will be fleeing the church in droves.

Some will drop before they get through the contradictory creation stories.

Unfortunatly, that doesn't appear to be the plan of this particular organization.

(Hat Tip: Jason Bock)

Friday, 23 November 2007 21:43:19 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Saturday, 24 November 2007 09:21:47 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I agree. Reading the Bible and seeing it as a historical document would help Western students better understand the tribal system still exercised throughout the Middle East.

Also, it would allow them to understand Biblical allusions in their literature classes.

I don't particularly care one way or the other, whether the students believe what's in the Bible. I had a pretty firm foundation growing up Jehovah's Witness, and it has served me well in my academic pursuits, even though I no longer consider myself to be a believer.
Saturday, 24 November 2007 11:09:23 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)

If only that were the goal. Unfortunatly, the goal appears to be to use the "literature" and "history" angle as a convenient wedge to get the material into the schools with the intent to indoctrinate and convert. Much like the "teach the controversy" falderal in the area of evolutionary Biology. Sorry, there's no "controversy" involved in bringing up previously settled issues with the serial numbers filed off, and no new information...just new terminology and a slight tweaking of argument.
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